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The Pre-Take on 'Dracula Untold,' a tale of men and monsters

Set for wide release in October of 2014,"Dracula Untold" recounts the tale of a legendary warrior who sacrifices everything to defend his country, home, and family. With the release of its first trailer, at the end of June, 'Untold' has already garnered a good amount of buzz. Based on "Dracula" by Bram Stoker, 'Untold' focuses on Dracula's personal journey and the decisions which ultimately lead to the loss of his humanity. While previous films have focused on Dracula's motivations and his remnant signs of humanity, this film appears to have taken on the challenge of allowing us to experience the man and his transition into the undying monster of legend. Even with this more introspective approach to the tale, the body count and super gothic elements still play a major role in the presentation and execution of the film.

Every Bloodline Has A Beginning
Every Bloodline Has A Beginning
Universal Pictures, Legendary Pictures, Michael De Luca Productions
Every Bloodline Has A Beginning
Universal Pictures, Legendary Pictures, Michael De Luca Productions

While many aspects of the film reflect what we have come to know as standard characteristics of the vampiric mythos, with the aid of modern visual effects, the powers of a vampire prince become seemingly infinite in size and shape. Reminiscent of the plane swallowing faces of sand, depicted in "The Mummy" franchise starring Brendan Fraser, several depictions of fists and hands comprised of swarming bats are shown crashing down on siege troops outside of Dracula's castle. Besides these massive swarms, Dracula is also shown diving into the air, as he explodes into a swarm flock of vampiric bats. The Framestore, one of Europe's most prominent visual effects houses, is responsible for the creation of the film's mind blowing visuals.

Starring as the tormented and vampiric-ally empowered Dracula, Luke Evans brings new life to a role which probably hasn't been executed better by anyone since Gary Oldman, in Bram Stoker's "Dracula." Playing a pivotal role in this retelling, Charles Dance, best known for his recent work on "Game of Thrones," is the source of the curse which Dracula pursues in hopes of attaining the power to save all that he holds dear and to destroy all who would stand in his way. Dance has had a long career, during which he has often played the quintessential bureaucrat, aristocrat, or the coolest villain imaginable. Playing the role of an ancient Nosferatu is somehow appropriate, following an unforgettable end to his character on "Game of Thrones." It will be interesting to see which is more evil, Tywin Lannister or Tywin Lannister Nosferatu.